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ONTARIO CUP 2005

Posted by BOB TWIDLE at Jun 25, 2005 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
The Eagles entered the OSA annual provincial championships and competed on June 25 and 26 in the opening tournament round, facing the Oshawa Kicks, Woodbridge Strikers and Nepean Strikers. We opened with a 5-1 victory over Nepean and ended Saturday play with a 1-1 draw with Woodbridge. The final Sunday game faced Oshawa who delivered a convincing 4-0 win against the Eagles. The weekend will be long remembered for the extreme heat that everyone faced. Congratulations to Oshawa for their tournament win and best of luck from the Eagles at the next round. image
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EAGLES SHINE AT 2005 BREAD AND HONEY MARATHON

Posted by BOB TWIDLE at Jun 4, 2005 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
Our Eagles were prominent again this year in their third showing at the Streetsville Bread and Honey 5K Marathon on June 5. Joined by several representatives from other Eagle teams, Club Head Coach Josef and Andre from our office staff, the 1990 Eagles again showed well in a race with over 1000 participants. Gabby and Lauren captured first and second place honours in their age group. Tonya was a mere 9 seconds off the third place position securing the fourth place position. Felicia, Nik S. and Leanne placed 6th, 7th and 10th to fill out 5 of the top ten finishers. Coach Steve placed 4th in his age category and Club Head Coach Josef finished 5th. Well done Eagles. imageimageimage
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GEORGETOWN AWAY GAME JUNE 1.05

Posted by BOB TWIDLE at Jun 1, 2005 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
There are sometimes games where we overwhelmed the opposition, won the game handily, but played ugly. This was one of those. Score 4-1 7 shots on the Georgetown net 3 shots on the Eagle net 10 corners in the Georgetown end (only 1 converted) 0 corners against Possession in the Georgetown end 1st half – 34.5 min – 78% 2nd half – 33.5 min – 74% Completed passes by Eagles 1st half – 43 2nd half – 30 Offsides Georgetown - 2 Eagles – 0 Observations School soccer continues to take its toll on our league play effectiveness. Several of our players had played/trained either the same day or day prior in their school programs. It showed. I clearly understand now why my peer coaches cringe at the school soccer program. The energy drain is significant when we add school practice and game loads into the Rep schedule that is already intense. I have tried to balance our own training to recognize this issue. Needless to say, I will be glad to see the end of school soccer this year. The absence of Ariana and Corrin required the call-up help of Sarah Taylor from the 14B team. We are grateful for her contribution to provide needed pressure on the Georgetown defense. In future I will be bolstering the bench with strategic call-ups one for one. I need lots of notice where possible to organize this. We continue to miss simple opportunities 1 on 1 with the keeper. We will train intensely in this area. These high potential opportunities cannot be wasted. Our corner kicks continue to produce unacceptable results. More work of course and more hunger at the net needed. There was far too much individual play on the field – holding the ball too long with little space. I expect to see improved support and more one touch passing. This had a lot to do with our low energy levels. Georgetown was quick to shut down anyone who fiddled around with the ball. The defensive line has to step up more against the opposing offense and cut off passes, especially against weak teams like this one. A 10 yard gap between our back line and the opposing forwards allows their forwards to function as 3 additional midfielders. This put us at a numbers down disadvantage in the midfield throughout the game. Too many shot attempts from bad angles. We need to be looking for the trailing player with a better chance to finish the job. Too many passes/crosses in the air that would have been more effective on the ground. Time to rest, regroup and refresh folks. 3 points to the good. I need everyone’s A game when we face North Miss next Thurs June 9.
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EAGLES SHINE AT COVI TOURNAMENT

Posted by BOB TWIDLE at May 29, 2005 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

The Eagles participated in the
12th annual COVI (City of Vaughan) International Soccer Tournament
on May 28 and 29.05.


Blessed with perfect weather and fantastic field conditions they faced teams from AuroraGlen Shields and
 Unionville in the preliminary round winning all three 1-0, 2-0 and 5-1 respectively.

Quarter final play drew Markham and another well-earned 2-1 Eagles victory.

The semi-finals brought York United to the field who earned a close 1-0 victory and a trip to the final.

Congratulations to York United for their championship win in the final.

Well done Eagles for a quality effort the entire weekend.

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COVI TOURNAMENT SUMMARY MAY 28.29.05

Posted by BOB TWIDLE at May 28, 2005 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
Eagles, The objective of every competition is to play and win with class, skill and determined effort. You must each come out of your competitions knowing that you did your very best, with class, skill and determined effort, regardless of the result. Our semi-final game against York United was ours for the taking in spite of our player limitations. We will all long remember the five shots on net that we delivered that somehow were either stopped or missed the target. Each and every one of those shots would have been in the net on a different day. Our last game of the tournament - the semi-final was a test of your personal fortitude. Your energy levels and composure were extraordinary considering this was our fifth game of the weekend with little relief from the bench. You are my heroes. I wish you all had been given the opportunity to play out the final - you had earned it in your semi-final game- but the score rules. A timely reminder that the ball MUST go in the net to achieve your team targets. What did we gain this weekend.........? - You played some great soccer in fabulous weather conditions and on excellent facilities. - You played some very smart, thinking soccer under pressure - the final game free kick touch pass was brilliant. - You felt the pain of losing a game you had under control - it happens. - You delivered a clear message that you are a team to be well respected for your skill, your class and your determination. - You taught yourself what works and what doesn't in your team shape. - You learned how far, deep down inside, you can reach when your team needs you. - You learned what happens, and the price you pay, when you lose your cool. You have all been in this game long enough to know that some games are just plain ugly. The ugly can be provided by a weak/biased ref, your opponents and their parents/coaches or the playing conditions. One way or another we must all persevere the ugly and get the job done with class, skill and determination. You will never be guided by me or any of our coaching staff to cheat, play dirty, use unsavoury language or develop any other habit that falls into the category of unsportsmanlike conduct. I am sorry that you had to deal with the Markham team today, but this is life, and sometimes we just have to deal with it. There will be others. Over the weekend, I received a number of praising comments from our opposing coaches and parents who thoroughly enjoyed playing against the classy Eagles. As your coach, this adds tremendous value to the time that I provide to you and underlines what the Erin Mills Soccer Club represents. You are my heroes and quality ambassadors for your Club. Bring it all back on Wednesday in Georgetown......you have a message to deliver. BT The tournament stats are below. As of this moment I have not heard what the final outcome was. TOURNAMENT STATS Game 1 - vs Aurora - 13 active players with walking wounded Score 1 - 0 Shots on goal For - 5 Against - 3 Completed passes 1st 1/2 - 30 2nd 1/2 - 30 Corners Eagles - 4 Aurora - 0 Free balls delivered to the Aurora keeper 5 in the 1st, 0 in the second (usually happens when we forget the corners) Time in opposing end 20.5 mins each half - 68% Game 2 - vs Glen Shields - 13 active players with walking wounded Score 2 - 0 Shots on goal For - 6 Against - 2 Completed passes 1st 1/2 - 40 2nd 1/2 - 40 Corners Eagles - 5 Glen Shields - 2 (both in second half) Free balls delivered to the Glen Shields keeper 5 in the 1st, 7 in the second (usually happens when we forget the corners) Time in opposing end 20.75 mins each half - 69% Game 3 - vs Unionville - 13 active players with walking wounded Score 5 - 1 Shots on goal For - 8 Against - 2 Completed passes 1st 1/2 - 50 2nd 1/2 - 40 Corners Eagles - 2 (in first half) Unionville - 1 (in second half) Free balls delivered to the Unionville keeper 0 in the 1st, 0 in the second (usually happens when we forget the corners) Time in opposing end 22.5 mins first half - 75%, 17 min second half - 57% (what happened here?) Game 4 - vs Markham - 12 active players with walking wounded Quarter Final Score 2 - 1 Leanne Adams ejected with 10 min to play for abusive language after being clawed by "Catwoman". Shots on goal For - 6 Against - 5 Completed passes 1st 1/2 - 40 2nd 1/2 - 30 Corners Eagles - 3 Aurora - 3 Free balls delivered to the Markham keeper 5 in the 1st, 0 in the second (usually happens when we forget the corners) Time in opposing end 19 mins in 1st half - 63% (with the wind), 18.5 min in 2nd half - 62% (against the wind) Game 5 - vs York United - 12 active players with walking wounded (Leanne sat out due to previous game ejection). Semi Final Score 0 - 1 Shots on goal For - 5 (all of which were "impossible" to miss) Against - 2 Completed passes 1st 1/2 - 30 2nd 1/2 - 40 Corners Eagles - 4 - all in 1st half - with the wind York United - 2 - against the wind Free balls delivered to the York United keeper 3 in the 1st, 0 in the second (usually happens when we forget the corners) Time in opposing end 19 mins in 1st half - 63% (with the wind), 16 min in 2nd half - 53% (against the wind)